Instructional Conversation

Teaching children through dialog. The two main features of an Instructional Conversation are identified in the name: Instructional & Conversational.


Stone Soup


Campus Children’s Center
Age of Students: 3-5 years

The teacher reads a picture book with a small group of children and engages them in a discussion with a clear learning goal. The teacher assesses and assists children in order to further their understanding of various aspects of the story.


Puzzle Pieces


Head Start Inclusion Program
Age of Students: 3-5 years

The teacher has a discussion with a small group of children while they complete a puzzle. To assess their understanding, the teacher questions children about their rationale as they decide where and how to place pieces in the puzzle.